CU senior Ashley Breen gets lunch at the newly renovated Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill in the University Memorial Center.

After six years of planning and construction, the University of Colorado’s University Memorial Center renovation is near completion, with only a few minor projects to be finished this fall.

The $2 million renovation created a more welcoming space that’s expected to bring more students to the UMC to study, hang out and, of course, chow down, said Carlos Garcia, the student center’s director.

If you go

What: Grand Re-Opening of Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill and Baby Doe’s Coffee & Bakery

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

Where: University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder

“We’re already seeing more people in the grill than before,” Garcia said. “The new look will be more inciting to students who might be looking for something to eat or just somewhere to be.”

The university is celebrating the grand re-opening of the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill and Baby Doe’s Coffee & Bakery with a week full of prizes, free samples and delicious deals. For a full schedule of the week’s events, visit

Two fireplaces and a stage will be added to the dining areas this fall with all renovation projects expected to be completed by the start of the spring semester.

The remodel not only looks good but also adds to the sustainability of the building with more compostable stations and clearly marked recycling bins, Garcia said.

CU senior Brandon Wilson said he had never been in the grill until this semester when he became curious about the new look.

“I definitely think it’s important to keep things looking new and modern, especially on a college campus where students are paying for school,” Wilson said. “They want to see their money at work for them.”

Some students said that while the new look is nice, they felt the cost of the renovation was excessive.

“I think they could have done a lot more for the money they spent,” said CU graduate student Paul Nichols. “It looks nice — but not $2 million worth.”

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